European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) is an independent think tank that conducts research and implements projects with the aim of strengthening a common European neighbourhood. ENC is a research organisation that aims towards improved dialogue and neighbourhood coordination among European Union (EU) Member States, EU Accession Countries, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, Gulf Cooperation Council Countries and Central Asia. Through research publications, partnerships and policy events – we aim to narrow the foreign policy gap between existing member countries of the EU, neighbouring countries, and wider Europe. These efforts will enhance shared European values of democracy, security, economic growth, and education, while guaranteeing a stable, diverse and developing European neighbourhood. Represented cross-regionally by EU and non-EU members in the Academic Council, ENC scholars provide the guiding platform for our activities on a yearly basis.
Since its inception in early 2016, ENC has developed partnerships with non-governmental and governmental organisations across the ENP area and wider Europe. It primarily works in the field of shared European neighbourhood objectives ranging from security and migration to development, democracy, and economic growth. An important objective is to increase cooperation between academics from across the ENP area and wider Europe in order to understand the neighbourhoods’ general concerns, research interests and shared policy solutions. Our five key-areas of interest include Democracy, Foreign Policy, Security, Economy and Education. ENC tailors to a governmental and non-governmental policy audience, as well as academics, while using an interdisciplinary, representative and fair membership approach by including an equal number of ENC Academic Council Members from across the entire region.
ENC primarily works on providing data, in terms of qualitative and quantitative research, to governments and civil society organizations from across the EU, accession members and ENP countries. We work on several research projects ranging from anti-radicalization, best practice in democracy to surveying, education and economic analysis. This also includes research implementation programs in several countries throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia with the academic and research support of over 70 active ENC Academic Council Members. All our research is published at our events which are held in various European capitals, as well as throughout the European Neighbourhood and in accession countries (e.g. Turkey, Serbia). We also publish regular summaries and an annual report, which comprises of our yearly findings and analysis with contributions from our Academic Council.
Partnerships play an important role in our working structure. ENC includes a partnership network across every single ENP country, as well as throughout EU Member States and accession countries. Since 2016 ENC has worked regularly with the following institutional partners: European Commission, European Parliament, European External Action Service (EEAS), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), as well as academic institutions – University of St Andrews, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), TOBB University of Economics and Technology, and civil society organisations and research centres, in the EU (EUCAM), Jordan (CulTech), Georgia (Economic Policy Research Center), Moldova (Institute for Public Policy), Turkey (MUSIAD, PODEM), Uzbekistan (Young Leaders Development Project) and the Ukraine (East European Security Research Initiative).